Mexican Fan Palm, Washington Palm

Scientific name: Washingtonia robusta

Washingtonia robusta is a palm tree native to Mexico, where conditions can be dry on most part of the year. Therefore, this palm tree is adaptable, hardy and can survive in dry soil or sand. Because of this characteristic, the palm tree’s specie is named ‘robusta’ which means robust or vigorous in Latin. The genus ‘Washingtonia’ is named after the first president of United States, George Washington (1732 – 1799).

The palm trees at the garden are about 12 – 15 metres tall and can grow up to 30 meters. From the position of these eight Washingtonia robusta, you will be able to look into Jewel Changi Airport when it opens in 2019.